Relief Organizations

WORLDWIDE

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all. Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need. To establish the fund, both the Recording Academy and MusiCares have contributed an initial donation of $1 million each, totaling $2 million. Additionally, all Recording Academy Chapters have committed to fundraising in their local communities. Further updates and announcements will be made in the coming days.

ASIA

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Arts Development Council
The organization has increased its support for the Arts & Cultural Sector to HK$55 million to help relieve the financial burden of the arts sector during this difficult period. Information on how to apply is on the org’s website.

Singapore

Singapore Sets up Funding for Arts and Culture Sector amid COVID-19 Outbreak 
About S$1.6 million will be set aside for the arts and culture sector as part of support for the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and to prepare the sector for “post-disease recovery.”

EUROPE

Belgium

Flanders Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Self-employed persons and assistants in the main occupation and assisting spouses who have to stop their activity due to the corona virus can receive financial benefits.

Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Information on aid for artists negatively impacted by event and job cancellations and/or postponements related to COVID-19.

Finland

Finnish Foundations and Ministry Provide Millions In Emergency Aid For Cultural Sector in Distress
A number of large Finnish foundations, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) are working together to grant swift assistance to arts and culture professionals who have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Funding totaling approximately EUR 1.5 million will be apportioned during April via the Arts Promotion Centre (Taike). Foundations will also grant significant sums in aid through their own channels.

France

Institut Français COVID-19 Resources
This French institute, that promotes French culture abroad, while promoting artistic exchanges and dialogue between cultures, has compiled several available resources for French artists and those employed in cultural sectors.

French Government’s Measures for Temporary Workers and Employees in the Cultural Sector
Muriel Pénicaud, Minister of Labor, and Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, have announced exceptional measures to support intermittent workers and employees in the cultural sector in the context of the health crisis.

Pays de la Loire Region Coronavirus Emergency Plan
This €50 million plan would be devoted to supporting the local economy — €25 million in immediately available credits in the form of existing support systems and €25 million in new measures and credits, including €2 million in support of cultural and sports associations. The Pays de la Loire covers the area to the south of Brittany and Normandy, along the lower stretches of the river Loire.

French Government Containment System Certifications
On March 16, 2020, the French Government decided to take measures to minimize contact and travel. “A containment system has been in place since Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m., for a minimum of fifteen days. Travel is prohibited except in the following cases and only if you have a certificate for: 1.) Move from home to work when telework is not possible 2.) Make essential purchases in authorized local shops 3.) Go to a health professional 4.) Travel for child care or to help vulnerable people, or for a compelling family reason, duly justified, on the strict condition of respecting barrier gestures 5.) Exercise only on an individual basis, around the home and without any gathering. Violations of these rules without a certificate will be punished with a fine of 135 euros.”

Germany

GEMA Corona Aid Fund
The German performance rights organization has created a $43 million fund for composers, lyricists, music publishers and songwriter members negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on how one is personally affected, members can apply for transitional aid of up to EUR 5,000.

The Luxembourg Government – COVID-19 Efforts
The Ministry of The Economy has established a website and hotline for information and recommendations for businesses

Petition: Help for Freelancer and Artists during the Corona Shutdown
This petition seeks to urge Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz immediate financial help for freelancers and people from the creative scene, for example in the form of “1.) Non-bureaucratic bridging money, for example in the form of a temporary (unconditional) basic income 2.) Aid fund to quickly compensate for lost income, e.g. connected to the artists’ social security fund (but expressly NOT limited to its members, since all freelancers are equally affected) and 3.) A short-time work benefit, in which the net income from the last available tax assessment is based on a monthly support payment by the tax offices.”

Italy

Petition: Appeal for Urgent Support For Show Business Workers
Fondazione Centro Studi Doc has set up this Change.org petition advocating Italy’s President and government to extend immediate emergency relief to the artistic community

Poland

Poland’s Culture Promotion Fund
Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is offering social assistance from The Culture Promotion Fund can be obtained by artists who are in a difficult financial situation.

UK

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need To Do
The UK Government has set up a webpage offering information on financial support, school and business closures, small business support, and health related updates.

UK Tax Helpline for Businesses
New Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help Musicians Health and Welfare Support
Help Musicians’ Health and Welfare team offers structured support to professional musicians in times of personal crisis. Their approach is “person-centered; building tailored support around an individual’s specific needs.” Help Musicians is unable to replace lost earnings. But they are able to provide financial support in cases of significant financial hardship as well as signposting for debt/welfare-related issues. The organization also provides financial assistance for health interventions and access to music specialist health assessments for performance-related health issues. Applicants who live in the United Kingdom who have savings that do not exceed £16,000 (rare exceptions may be made; for example, the limit is a higher £20,000 for retirees) should apply.

Music Venue Trust
Emergency legal advice for music venues. The organization allows every venue in the country to access free legal and expert advice on licensing, planning, development, noise, and even tenancy issues.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Musicians
Incorporated Society of Musicians has compiled an online resource hub for performers, music professionals, private and employed music teachers.

Musicians’ Union Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice
Find advice and read latest news on Coronavirus for musicians

Association of Independent Promoters
The Association of Independent Promoters (AIP) is a new not for profit trade association bringing together independent promoters from across the UK. Our aim is to represent, empower and provide a vital support network to promoters.

Petition: UK Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19
For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

Petition: Temporary Income Protection Fund
This Change.org petition is asking the government to create a Temporary Income Protection Fund to support freelancers through the Coronavirus crisis. The idea is for a time-limited, targeted injection of funds to keep businesses afloat over the coming months and cover basic income costs like food and rent.

Scottish Government COVID-19 Relief Efforts
The Scottish government has announced a £350m fund for councils, charities, businesses and community groups. Roughly £45 million will be added to the existing Scottish Welfare Fund which makes community grants and crisis grants to those in immediate need. In addition, £20 million will be allocated to a Third Sector Resilience Fund, £40 million to the Supporting Communities Fund to support the rapidly growing and inspiring community efforts at a local level; £70m will be allocated to a Food Fund and £50 million will be given to the Wellbeing Fund which will help charities and others who require additional capacity to work with at-risk people.

Ireland Artist Emergency Relief Fund
The Civic Theatre in Dublin has created this fund to provide financial relief to Irish artists experiencing lost income related to COVID-19. Small grants of up to €500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to affected artists and groups.

 

NORTH AMERICA

Canada

ACF – The Lifeline for Canada’s Entertainment Industry
You are eligible to apply if you have: (1) Earned more than half your income in the Canadian entertainment industry over the past 3 years. (2) Earned the majority of your income from the Canadian entertainment industry, if you are over 65. (3) Experienced an unforeseeable emergency that has led to a financial crisis. (4) Made reasonable efforts to find other means of income or support.

Unison Benevolent Fund
The application process starts when you contact the Unison office by phone (1-855-986-4766, ext. 3) or by email at [email protected] The staff will review with you your situation and will go over the requirements with you. The application process will ask for details about your professional background and your reason for approaching Unison…

Canadian Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund
A group fundraising to support a relief fund. At this time: the fund will go to support artists and musicians in the greater Montréal and the greater Toronto region. Depending on how much we raise, we may be able to support other regions. You may still fill out the survey if you are outside these areas and we will keep you updated…

Behind the Scenes Basic Needs Grants
Behind the Scenes assists those who are seriously ill or injured. We will accept applications from anyone who meets our criteria and has been hospitalized with Covid-19. If you are seeking assistance due to work cancellations, the following organizations may be able to help you.

National Arts Center (Canada)
The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists will provide $100,000 in artists fees to support online performances between now and March 31, 2020 to help ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19.

Canada Council of the Arts
Our thoughts go out to the many artists and arts organizations, and to their loved ones around the world, whose health and livelihood are being directly affected by the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We know these are likely to be difficult times. The effects of the pandemic continue to raise many important questions across our borders and boundaries. Although we can’t predict the extent of its impact on Canada’s national arts community, we are sensitive to the many challenges ahead for artists, organizations and their stakeholders.

Photographer Fund
If you’re a photographer facing financial difficulties, this fund is for you. We know $25,000 is just a start, but we want to help as many photographers as possible.

CREO- Coronavirus Response for Event Organizers
British business messaging app Guild has set up CREO (Coronavirus Reponse for Event Organisers) as a peer support group for anyone due to run an event in the next 6 months. The group gathered over 100 members within 24hrs of set up. Members include event organizers from around the world as well as professional membership associations for event organizers.

United States

National:

American Association of Independent Music
A2IM is surveying indie music companies about how the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting their businesses. The results will inform the organization’s discussions with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as well as its investigations of federal assistance programs.

American Federation of Musicians
The AFM is calling on Congress to provide immediate economic relief on behalf of musicians and other working people in the midst of the crisis, including expanded unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs. The organization has a resource page providing more information. Additionally, disabled AFM members can apply for financial aid through its longstanding Petrillo Memorial Fund.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Survey
This five-minute survey was created to collection information on the financial and human impacts of the pandemic on arts and cultural organizations.

Anyone who is an artist can request funds from the Artist Relief Tree, which plans to fulfill every request with a flat $250 on a first-come-first-serve basis. The fund is currently not accepting new requests until it can secure more funding, but if you would like to be informed if and when the opportunity becomes available again, click here.

ASCAP Music Unites Us*
Performance-rights organization ASCAP has launched a site to help its songwriter, composer and music publisher members stay connected and financially stable during this uncertain time. It includes information on how to receive ASCAP royalties through direct deposit, an online works registration application, access to free mental health services for ASCAP members and more.

AudioAssemble.com* AudioAssmeble.com has put together a list of online remote opportunities for musicians that are available for U.S.-based musicians during the COVID-19 outbreak. Their financial resources page has short-term and long-term job opportunities, as well as governmental resources to help musicians generate revenue.

Backline
Backline was established to connect music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness providers. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has established a virtual support group that plans to meet regularly via the Zoom app.

Blues Foundation HART Fund
The HART Fund helps underinsured or uninsured blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a range of health concerns.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund 
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.

Color Emergency Funds, Arts and Culture Leaders
This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.

Convertkit Creative Fund*
What began as a $50,000 fund for active creators experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 has now reached $154,000 in funding. The fund covers up to $500 per creator to help cover medical, childcare, housing or grocery needs. As of March 18, the fund has received more than 6,000 applications, and the website notes, “Our current fund will be exhausted well before we can get to everyone.”

COVID-19 Music Production Response Group*
A Facebook group meant as an “open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals,” according to administrators. Its nearly 4,000 members (as of March 18) are sharing news updates, suggested actions, job opportunities and other resources.

Creative Capital Resources for COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. We will continue to update this list over the next few months. If you have a resource to add, please fill out this form. You can also let us know through the form, what you would like to see.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund*

Equal Sound, an organization that strives to break down traditional genre boundaries through events and advocacy, is inviting musicians who have lost income due to the pandemic to apply for funds. Applicants must provide proof they had a confirmed concert cancelled over the coronavirus to receive the money.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program*
In response to the pandemic, Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses around the world, including music and live events businesses. More details to come (you can sign up for updates here). Facebook also has a new Business Resource Hub to help small businesses prepare for and manage disruptions like COVID-19.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.

Freelance Coop Emergency Fund*
The Freelance Coop, which connects creative freelancers with business resources, created an emergency fund for freelancers adversely affected by the pandemic. Examples of funding usage are unexpected childcare costs due to school closures, client cancellations, and medical expenses due to the virus itself. As of March 18, the fund had $35,279 in requests and $5,299.69 raised, and is continuing to call for donations to keep up with demand.

Gospel Music Trust Fund
Individuals working in the gospel music field can submit a request for financial assistance to the Gospel Music Trust Fund, which grants funding in the event “of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness,” according to their website.

HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment
Though no emergency special enrollment period has officially been instituted by the federal health insurance exchange due to the coronavirus outbreak, uninsured people are being invited to inquire about their eligibility for a special enrollment in light of the virus.

Independent Venue Week*
Non-profit organization Independent Venue Week has compiled a list of indie music venues that have launched GoFundMe and other fundraising campaigns to stay afloat during the nation-wide closures.

International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund
Current or former bluegrass music professionals can apply here for financial grants and loans, which are generally between $500 and $5,000. The association has also created a coronavirus-specific resource page.

Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund
This fund offers financial support, housing assistance and pro bono medical care for musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music.

League of American Orchestras
America’s only national service organization devoted solely to orchestras, the League has set up a landing page of resources to assist affected orchestra workers during the pandemic, including advocacy campaigns, fundraising resources, a discussion group and more.

Leveler.info*
The “peer-to-peer wealth distribution” service is a tool for salaried workers to donate funds across a database of freelancers, service industry and gig economy workers who are impacted by coronavirus health and safety restrictions.

Missed Tour*
Artists and bands who have been displaced from touring due to the pandemic can list their merchandise on this site to help offset lost revenue — with zero charges or fees. Apply to be added to the site here.

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have committed $2 million in total to a COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to assist those in the music community who have been affected by the pandemic. People can donate and apply for assistance by navigating to the fund’s official web page.

Music Health Alliance
The Nashville-based Music Health Alliance provides healthcare support services to uninsured members of the music industry.

Musicians Foundation
The New York-based nonprofit established a new emergency grant program in response to the pandemic, offering all eligible applicants up to $200 each. After receiving an “immense volume of applications,” the foundation placed a temporary hold on all applications on March 13. Check this page for updates.

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The foundation, which provides ongoing support to American artists 55 and older who live in chronic poverty, also gives out emergency grants to artists in crisis. It is now soliciting donations to ensure the stability of vulnerable elderly musicians during the pandemic.

NOMAD Fundraiser for the Touring Crew (GoFundMe)*
Touring manager Frank Fanelli is aiming to raise $20,000 for touring crew members and roadies who have lost income due to gig cancellations and postponements. Donations close at the end of March.

Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League
PAL provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. Preference is given to blues artists, though musicians in other genres may be eligible depending on available funds.

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund*
SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to coronavirus may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The Small Business Administration has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for economic injury disaster loans. However, you must be located in a “declared disaster area” to apply for assistance. Check if your state qualifies here.

Online music course hub Soundfly has put together a free Guide to Learning Things Effectively Online for musicians in quarantine who want to continue learning or practicing skills virtually.

SoundGirls CoronaVirus Relief
SoundGirls has teamed up with Loanne Wullaert of The Ventura Theatre and The Phoenix Collective and Daniella Peters of Rat Sound Systems to help ease the stress, even if in a small way. The SoundGirls CoronaVirus Relief Fund helps production techs across the globe that are now unemployed due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic by providing a small amount of aid to purchase necessities and slightly ease the stress.

Sound Royalties*
In light of the crisis, music finance firm Sound Royalties is allocating $20 million to offer a no-cost royalty advance funding option through April 16. Songwriters, performing artists, producers and other creators with royalty income can apply for cash advances on a one-year repayment schedule, cost-free.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund*
Sweet Relief has established a donor-directed fund to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Funds will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses for those who get sick or lose work due to the pandemic.

Twenty Summers Emergency Arts Fund
Twenty Summer has launrched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.

Tour Support*
Tour Support, a mental health nonprofit for the live music industry, is offering independent touring contractors whose tours have been postponed or cancelled one month of free online therapy through Better Help (apply here). In addition, Shading the Limelight is offering the Tour Support community two free weeks (March 17–28) of emotional wellness coaching (email [email protected] for an appointment). Check the Tour Support Twitter for more updates to come.

UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund for Bay Area Artists
Artists who live in the Bay Area for the past two years are eligible for $250 in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.

Viral Music — Because Kindness is Contagious*
Independent musicians are invited to use this more than 21,000-member Facebook support group to connect with music fans. “Use this joint to post links to your merch store, online shows, Patreon, or online music lessons,” organizers write. “If you’ve had a gig cancelled, post the city and your Venmo/PayPal — many of us would love to pass along our ticket refunds to you.”

Alabama:

Alabama Department of Labor
Alabama residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Alaska:

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Alaska residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Arizona:

Arizona Department of Economic Security
Arizona residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Tucson Musicians COVID19 Relief (GoFundMe)*
With a $25,000 goal, this local fund is focusing on individual artists only (not bands, groups or organizations).

Arkansas:

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services
Arkansas residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

California:

California Arts Council COVID19 Field Survey
The California Arts Council is surveying the arts field at-large to gather data on the potential financial impacts of this public health emergency. If you are an organization or individual in the arts field that anticipates losing personal or business income related to COVID-19, please consider filling out this brief survey. This is a quickly evolving situation and this data will be an important resource to inform our agency and the state. Thank you for your participation.

California Employment Development Department
California residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Covered California Special Enrollment
California’s health insurance exchange is allowing uninsured people to apply for coverage outside the open enrollment period due to the pandemic. All eligible individuals can sign up for coverage with a private insurer or Medi-Cal through June 30.

LA Mayor’s Economic Relief Package*
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an $11 million economic relief package for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Small businesses anchored in the city of Los Angeles can apply for no-fee microloans of $5,000–$20,000 that may be used to cover working capital. The program will offer relaxed underwriting with no credit score minimum, a generous allowance to meet debt service and a 100% loan-to-value ratio. Small businesses can apply here.

Music Fund of Los Angeles Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund*
Los Angeles-based members of the AFM who have lost revenue due to work stoppages in light of coronavirus may submit an application for up to two service sets lost, in the amount of $75 per service set, for a maximum total of $150.

Coronavirus Response at LAEDC – Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
This page is designed to help employers and our workforce in LA County respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We need to take steps to keep jobs and businesses going, as well as protect health in the community. Information is changing often, and updates will be made here daily. We ask readers to rely on official sources first and foremost, we repost some of that info here, in addition to LAEDC’s recommended steps.

The Musicians Union of Los Angeles
AFM Local 47 and the Music Fund of Los Angeles have established Emergency Relief Funds to assist members in need who have been subject to work stoppages relating to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. For more information and to see if you are eligible to apply, and for information on other resources,

Opera San José Artists and Musicians Relief Fund*
The opera company has set up an emergency cash reserve to support the “musicians, singers, carpenters, stitchers, designers and other hourly company members” that make its productions possible.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Connect for Health Colorado Special Enrollment
Coloradans who are either uninsured or at risk of losing their insurance can apply for health coverage with the state’s exchange during an emergency special enrollment period between March 20 and April 3.

Denver Metro Area Artist COVID-19 Relief Fund (GoFundMe)
We have paused the application process while we wait for more donations. Please continue to check back. We are doing all we can to support our creative community. Please use the support systems already in place here while we wait for funds.

Musicians’ Union Local 6 – San Francisco
Many members have lost their income from playing and teaching. They run the risk of losing their homes or healthcare due to their inability to pay. If you have the means to help, please consider donating here. Your donations are not tax-deductible but they will be held in a special fund allocated to musicians in need. Thank you for your generosity.

Performing Arts Readiness
Performing arts organizations are especially vulnerable to disasters and emergencies, which can damage an organization’s business operations and artistic legacy.

Connecticut:

Access Health CT Special Enrollment
Qualified uninsured Connecticut residents can apply for health coverage on the state exchange during an emergency special enrollment period until April 2.

Connecticut Department of Labor
Connecticut residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Delaware:

Delaware Department of Labor
Delaware residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Florida:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Florida residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Georgia:

Garrie Vereen Memorial Emergency Relief Fund

Set up by the musician-focused suicide prevention organization Nuçi’s Space in Athens, Georgia and named after Widespread Panic’s late equipment manager, this fund has been reestablished to support the local entertainment industry during the pandemic.

Georgia Department of Labor
Georgia residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Hawaii:

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Hawaii residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Idaho:

Idaho Department of Labor
Idaho residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Illinois:

Chicago Artists Relief Fund (GoFundMe)*
An independent group of artists in the Chicago area is more than halfway to its goal of raising $50,000 for local artists impacted by the crisis (including not just musicians but painters, dancers, actors and more). Due to overwhelming response, applications have been temporarily suspended; check the application page for updates.

Chicago Blues Revival
Chicago Blues Revival has set up a website called Pay the Musicians with links to live performances by some of the city’s great blues players and their PayPal IDs so fans can donate money they might have spent going to a concert directly to musicians. Fans can also donate directly to Chicago Blue Revival, which will distribute the funds to all the musicians evenly.

Illinois Department of Employment Security
Illinois residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Indiana:

Fort Wayne Bar Aid (GoFundMe)*
Between March 26 and April 5, Fort Wayne musicians will livestream sets at venues across the city to raise money for servers and bartenders at those venues, who have been put out of work due to the pandemic. Learn how to join the effort here, and check the event Facebook page for updates.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Illinois residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

HI-FI and MOKB Presents Staff Fundraiser (GoFundMe)*
Individuals can support the staff of Indiana’s HI-FI venue and concert promoter MOKB Presents via this GoFundMe page. Note that because the fundraiser isn’t benefitting a nonprofit organization, donations won’t qualify as tax-deductible.

Iowa:

Iowa Workforce Development
Illinois residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Kansas:

Kansas Department of Labor
Illinois residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Max’s Kansas City Project
The max’s kansas city project provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing.

Kentucky:

Kentucky Career Center
Kentucky residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Louisiana:

Louisiana Workforce Commission
Louisiana residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

New Orleans Business Alliance Fund for Gig Economy Workers*
The New Orleans Business Alliance has committed $100,000 to initiate a relief fund for gig economy workers impacted by the pandemic, with a goal of increasing the fund’s assets to at least $500,000 by soliciting the help of business leaders, philanthropists and other New Orleanians.

Maine:

Maine Department of Labor
Maine residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Maryland:

Maryland Department of Labor
Maryland residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Maryland Health Connection Special Enrollment
The state’s health insurance exchange has instituted an emergency special enrollment period for uninsured residents through April 15.

Boston Artist Relief Fund*
In partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts, the City of Boston has established an artist relief fund that will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists living in Boston whose “creative practices and incomes” are being negatively affected by the pandemic. Priority will be given to lower-income artists as well as those who have not received funds from city-led grants during the current fiscal year.

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund*
The Record Co. has established a fund to provide financial relief to music makers living in Boston who have lost revenue due to gig cancellations over the coronavirus. Grants of up to $200 will be made available to applicants who meet the criteria.

Boston Singers’ Resource COVID-19 Emergency Relief*
The career services nonprofit is offering one-time grants of up to $500 for New England-based classical singers who have lost income due to coronavirus-related cancellations. The deadline for the first round of grants is April 1.

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
Massachusetts residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Massachusetts Health Connector Special Enrollment
Massachusetts’ state health insurance exchange is offering extended enrollment for uninsured resident through April 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Music Streams Calendar
This site provides a calendar of livestreams in the Massachusetts and New England area, plus links to merch sites and virtual tip jars. Email [email protected] to be added.

Michigan:

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
Michigan residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Michigan Music Alliance Artist Relief Fund*
Applications open March 20 for this fund, which will support Michigan-based musical artists who have lost income due to coronavirus-related gig cancellations. People can either donate directly or buy T-shirts and beanies, with proceeds from the sales going directly toward the fund. Musicians suffering from severe financial impact and immediate need will be prioritized.

Minnesota:

Minnesota residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

MNSure Special Enrollment for Health Insurance
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has opened up a special enrollment period for uninsured residents through April 21.

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund
Nonprofit Springboard for the Arts has committed an additional $10,000 to its emergency fund, and expanded guidelines to include lost income due to coronavirus-related gig cancellations. Artists based in Minnesota can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost. The organization’s homepage also links to several resources, including a guide to principles for ethical event cancellation.

Twin Cities Music Community Trust’s Entertainment Industry Relief Fund*
This fund is for local, individual industry workers and musicians in need of financial assistance due to the crisis. Apply here.

Mississippi:

Mississippi Department of Employment Security
Mississippi residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Missouri:

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Missouri residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

St. Louis Music and Arts Fund (GoFundMe)*
Created by Native Sound Recording’s Ben Majchrzak, this fund has been set up to help artists who have lost income due to the pandemic with rent, food and other expenses. Each applicant who meets the guidelines is eligible for up to $250.

Montana:

Montana Department of Labor and Industry
Montana residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Nebraska:

Nebraska Department of Labor
Nebraska residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Nevada:

Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Nevada residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Nevada Health Link
Nevada’s health insurance exchange is offering a limited special enrollment period through April 15 for uninsured residents.

New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Employment Security
New Hampshire residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

New Jersey:

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
New Jersey residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

New Mexico:

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
New Mexico residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 (GoFundMe)*
Freelance classical musician and music educator Thomas Goodrich organized this fund, with a goal of raising $30,000 to help New Mexico musicians who have been financially impacted by coronavirus-related cancellations. Priority will be given to artists of color, LGBTQ and non-binary artists, and disabled artists. Apply here.

New York:

AFM Local 802 Musicians Emergency Relief Fund
The Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund, administered by the Musicians’ Assistance Program, has earmarked a “significant portion” of its cash reserves to assist freelance members who have had engagements filed under a local union agreement cancelled due to the coronavirus. The fund will distribute a flat fee of $150 to those who are approved for relief.

Lost My Gig NYC*
This site keeps a running list of NYC freelancers working in the events industry who are in need of financial assistance due to the crisis, allowing people to donate directly to those individuals through their Venmo, CashApp and Paypal accounts. Apply to have your name added to the list here.

NY State of Health Special Enrollment
The state’s health insurance exchange has opened up an emergency special enrollment period for uninsured residents through April 15.

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund (GoFundMe)*
As of March 18, this fund has raised more than $36,000 for NYC-based low-income, BIPOC, trans, gender noncomforming, nonbinary and queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being effected by the pandemic. In order to meet demand, the fund has temporarily paused applications for funding. Those who have already applied will be informed about fund distribution by March 20.

New York Foundation for the Arts Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
The New York Foundation for the Arts and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation are teaming up to provide emergency medical grants for artists who need help paying for healthcare amid the crisis. The grants, expected to be rolled out in late May or early June, will offer artists of all disciplines up to $5,000 of assistance for medical emergencies. Apply here.

The MOME website offers information and services including a survey for nightlife workers, freelancers and businesses impacted by COVID-19; a link to Small Business Services, which is offering assistance and guidance for local businesses; and information for public meetings and gatherings.

New York State Department of Labor
New York residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Musicians Assistance through Actor’s Fund
The Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) provides support so that Local 802 members can perform with the highest artistry and productivity, while minimizing any interruption to their work. This service is provided by Local 802 for its members and their families and is administered and professionally staffed by The Actors Fund. All of MAP’s services are strictly confidential and are free of charge.

North Carolina:

Durham Artist Relief Fund*
Durham-based artists, arts presenters and arts venues in need of funds due to coronavirus-related cancellations can apply here for financial assistance, with priority given to to BIPOC artists, transgender and nonbinary artists and disabled artists.

NC Artists Relief Fund*
This fund is a collaboration between Artspace, PineCone, United Arts Council and VAE Raleigh to support creative individuals in North Carolina who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the pandemic. Apply for funds here.

North Carolina Department of Commerce
North Carolina residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

North Dakota:

North Dakota Job Service
North Dakota residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Ohio:

Columbus Artists Relief Fund (GoFundMe)*
The Columbus Artists Relief Fund GoFundMe campaign is raising money to help offset the financial impact felt by Columbus artists through lost work. This is open to individual artists in central Ohio. Priority will be given to artists who are black, indigenous or people of color, transgender or nonbinary or disabled, but the goal is to try to help as many artists with need in the greater Columbus-area as possible.

COVID-19 Ohio Individual and Arts Organization Surveys
Ohio Citizens for the Arts has created surveys for both individuals and arts organizations in the state to inform strategies for alleviating the impact of the pandemic on the arts community. The organization has also set up an action center that allows individuals to participate in advocacy campaigns pertaining to relief for the state’s arts and creative sector.

Greater Columbus Arts Council*
The organization has turned its longstanding Support for Professional Artists fund into a COVID-19 relief fund, and is offering grants of up to $1,000 each to professional, working artists residing in Franklin County who have sustained a loss of income due to the crisis. View grant guidelines here and apply here.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Ohio residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Oklahoma:

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
Oklahoma residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Red Dirt Relief Fund*
The Red Dirt Relief Fund has offered financial assistance to Oklahoma music professionals in times of need since 2012. It has pledged $50,000 to a new coronavirus relief fund, offering one-time emergency grants of up to $250 on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply for a grant here.

Oregon:

COVID-19 Oregon Musicians Relief Fund (GoFundMe)*
This fund organized by the Jeremy Wilson Foundation is raising $25,000 to go toward medical expenses, lodging, food and other vital living expenses for musicians based in Oregon and Clark County, Washington, impacted by sickness or loss of work due to the pandemic. Once funds are secured, the foundation will share information on how to apply for assistance.

Oregon Employment Department
Oregon residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

OregonHealthCare.gov
Though there is no coronavirus-specific special enrollment period being offered for Oregon’s federally-run health insurance marketplace, the state has reached an agreement with a number of health insurance companies to waive co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles for individuals who need COVID-19 testing.

Pennsylvania:

Greater Pittsburgh Art Council Emergency Fund For Artists*
The Greater Pittsburgh Art Council is expanding its emergency fund to provide grants of up to $500 to local artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation
Pennsylvania residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

PGH Artist Emergency Fund (GoFundMe)*
This fund has surpassed its goal of raising $15,000 to help local artists affected by gig cancellations pay their rent, buy groceries and other essentials. Apply for funding here.

Rhode Island:

HealthSource Rhode Island
The state’s health insurance exchange has opened up an emergency special enrollment period for uninsured residents through April 19 due to coronavirus concerns.

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Rhode Island residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

South Carolina:

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
South Carolina residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

South Dakota:

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
South Dakota residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Tennessee:

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund
Since its inception in 1965, this fund set up by the iconic Nashville concert hall has distributed more than $2 million to members of the country music industry to cover medical bills, living expenses, rent or mortgage payments and more in times of crisis. Applications are open to any individuals who are or have been employed full-time in a facet of the music industry (including performers, songwriters, publishers, radio session musicians and others).

Nashville Musicians AFM Local 257
Members of the Nashville chapter of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) have access to its Local 257 Emergency Relief Fund for financial assistance, as well as access to group health insurance through Sound Healthcare.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s COVID-19 Response Fund*
The more than $1 million fund, housed by United Way of Greater Nashville and chaired by former Senator Dr. Bill Frist, will deploy resources to community-based organizations. Funding decisions will be made by an advisory committee including former Sony Music Nashville CEO Joe Galante.

Nashville COVID-19 Response
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville has created this website to help you understand the disease and answer your questions. We will update it regularly as new information becomes available.

Music Export Memphis*
Music Export Memphis has started a COVID-19 Emergency relief fund for local musicians who have lost income because of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. To qualify, those applying must be a musician who lives in Memphis and can provide some proof of lost income from COVID-19. To learn more or donate head here.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Tennessee residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Texas:

Austin Community Foundation’s Stand With Austin Fund* Established in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Foundation, the fund was set up to support nonprofits assisting vulnerable individuals and small businesses affected by SXSW’s cancellation.

Austin Texas Musicians
The musician advocacy nonprofit formed by local artist Nakia Reynoso is working to secure relief funds and resources for musicians. In the meantime, it has created a continually-updated resource list.

Banding Together ATX (GoFundMe)*
This fund was set up by the Red River Cultural District alliance specifically to support those in the Austin live music community who have been economically impacted by the cancellation of South By Southwest. That includes venues, artists, hospitality workers and others who rely on annual income from SXSW to make ends meet — those who fall under that category, may apply for funds here.

SXSW Workers’ Go Fund Me
This GFM was started Thursday, March 6 to drop significant tips to service workers, hospitality staff, and entertainment workers laid idle from the cancellation of SXSW in our hometown of Austin. That cancellation alone—estimated at a $325 million US shock to our local economy—hit those workers dramatically and suddenly. This fund is for them.

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians – COVID19 Resources incl. Funding Sources
HAAM is here to help and we are doing our best to evolve with the changing crisis. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help and support through this time of uncertainty.

DFW Musician & Gig Worker Fund (Go Fund Me)
It is our goal to raise funds for the musicians who work FULL TIME performing at bars, restaurants, weddings, and private gigs who are going to be struggling to pay their bills.

Creating Our Future is a group of artists and arts advocates in Dallas who are raising money to support artists and freelancers who are taking financial hits as a result of closures and lost income from COVID-19. The GoFundMe campaign has set a goal of $5,000 to raise funds to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk. The support is aimed at helping support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists who can apply here.

Housing Opportunities For Musicians And Entertainers
HOME provides financial housing assistance for needy aging musicians in Austin with grant assistance and other support, including referrals to additional available resources.

I Lost My Gig*
Designed to benefit Austin locals who lost work due to SXSW’s cancellation, I Lost My Gig is currently soliciting donations. As of Sunday (March 15), it had already received over 750 submissions representing over $4.2 million in lost income.

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
HAAM provides access to affordable healthcare for low-income musicians living in Austin.

SIMS Foundation
Locals struggling to mentally and emotionally cope with the impact of COVID-19 may contact the SIMS Foundation, which provides access to mental health and substance use recovery services for Central Texas musicians, music industry professionals and their dependent family members.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
This centralized guide was created for small businesses and nonprofits in Texas who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and are looking to apply for SBA loans. Those who have suffered “substantial economic injury” from COVID-19 may be eligible for economic injury disaster loans of up to $2 million.

Texas Music Office
Though the office isn’t offering benefits itself, it can help music workers affected by the pandemic apply for the state’s disaster unemployment assistance, which extends unemployment benefits to those who don’t traditionally qualify.

Texas Workforce Commission
Texas residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area
WFS, the nonprofit governing body for the regional workforce, is offering layoff support both for businesses and workers in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Utah:

Utah Workforce Services
Utah residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Vermont:

Vermont Department of Labor
Vermont residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Vermont Health Connect Special Enrollment
The state’s health insurance exchange is taking a number of actions during the coronavirus crisis, including temporarily waiving financial verifications for those seeking to enroll, extending coverage periods until after the emergency ends, suspending some terminations of insurance and opening up a special one-month enrollment period for uninsured residents.

Virginia:

Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Washington, D.C.:

DC Health Link Special Enrollment
Uninsured residents of the capital can now apply for coverage on the D.C. health insurance exchange, which opened up a special enrollment period due to the pandemic.

Mutual Aid Project*
The D.C.-based arts platform and network is assisting black and non-white trans and gender expansive artists by offering a “voluntary exchange of services and resources.” With musicians and other artists continuing to lose gigs during the pandemic, the organization is building an artist directory to showcase the work of those affected. Once the directory is complete, the organization will extend a “call to action” to the larger community for support.

Washington D.C. Department of Employment Services
Washington D.C. residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

United Way of the National Capital Area
United Way of the National Capital Area is uniquely positioned in the community to convene resources and partners to help join us in the fight to solve the most pressing issues in our community. And today, that issue is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our region.

Jose Andres Community Kitchens
In response to the increasing risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus and to help encourage social distancing to stop its spread, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close all of our restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area and New York City as of today, March 15. We will repurpose most of them as “community kitchens” with affordable plates of the day available for takeout purchase.

Free Meals DC, Maryland & Virgina
Several meal sites have been announced in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, where students who rely on school lunches can receive food while schools are closed during the coronavirus crisis. Full lists are here.

The Comptroller of Maryland has extended business tax filing deadlines to June 1 for some businesses with March, April and May due dates.

Washington:

Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund*
Hosted by the Seattle Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to organizations working with communities that have been “disproportionately impacted” by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund, which as of March 18 had already raised over $12 million, will award one-time operating grants to those organizations to help affected populations, including gig economy workers.

Seattle Artists Relief Fund (GoFundMe)*
Seattle-based author and artist Ijeoma Oluo and others organized this fundraiser, which helps those who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19. Priority is given to BIPOC artists, transgender and nonbinary artists and disabled artists. Apply for funds here.

Seattle Music Teachers Fund (GoFundMe)*
Seattle-based music teachers are eligible to receive money from this fund (which has a goal of $5,000) to help with lost income due to canceled lessons and other non-performance music work. Apply for funds here.

Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare
SMASH helps connect Seattle musicians to healthcare, dental services and health education.

Musicians’ Association of Seattle Emergency Relief Fund
Members of AFM’s Seattle chapter who have experienced a period of “uninvited financial hardship” can apply for financial assistance by contacting the chapter’s secretary/treasurer Warren Johnson at [email protected]

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Arts Stabilization Fund*
In addition to donating $50,000 to the Seattle Artists Relief Fund and another $50,000 to the Artist Trust COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund, the city’s mayor has launched a $1 million Arts Stabilization Fund to help mitigate revenue losses due to the moratorium on events and public gatherings.

Northwest Folklife: COVID-19 Artist & Community Resource List
Northwest Folklife is committed to supporting our community’s artists and community groups. Below, you’ll find a list of resources for financial assistance, mutual aid and advocacy, and informational support compiled from community efforts.

Washington Employment Security Department
Washington residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Washington Health Plan Finder Special Enrollment
In response to the pandemic, Washington’s health insurance exchange is now offering an emergency special enrollment period through April 8 for qualified uninsured residents.

West Virginia:

Workforce West Virginia
West Virginia residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Wisconsin residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Wyoming:

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Wyoming residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/resources-music-creators-professionals-affected-covid-19-asia-europe-uk

International Resources (outside U.S.)

https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/covid-19-relief-fund-faq

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/9337908/coronavirus-resource-guide-music-professionals-help

https://soundgirls.org/educate-and-collaborate-surviving-corona-virus/

COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources